Tamarac Will Not Join “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” Campaign


By: Sharon Aron Baron

In February, I asked Tamarac Mayor Talabisco to sign the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” campaign, a bipartisan coalition of Mayors who pledge to support marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Broward County Mayors signing the pledge included: Former Mayor Marilyn Gerber of Coconut Creek,  Former Mayor Debbie Eisinger of Cooper City, Judy Paul of Davie, Joy Cooper of Hallandale, Peter Bober of Hollywood, Former Mayor of Pam Donovan of Margate, Lorie Moseley of Miramar, Frank Ortis of Pembroke Pines,  Former Mayor Anne Sallee of Oakland Park,  Michael Udine of Parkland,  Ashira Mohammed of Pembroke Park,  Mike Ryan of Sunrise and  Gary Resnick of Wilton Manors.

Recently, Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs signed the pledge as well.

A month later, when it hadn’t appeared on a city commission agenda for discussion, I asked the Mayor and commissioners about it. While I found they had positive support for the gay and lesbian community, Vice Mayor Harry Dressler believed that the issue of gay marriage was a “partisan” issue and felt it would be wrong to sign on to something that may alienate 50 percent of the city.

I have to disagree. Gay and lesbian citizens of Tamarac, and elsewhere, have the same protected legal rights that legally married couples like myself take for granted.  While controversial for some, clearly it’s not a partisan issue.

I see it as an equality issue.

Something that our Mayor and Commissioners will no doubt in twenty years, look back on and wonder why this was ever brought up in the first place.

For more information, please visit Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • David

    So when is his term up? Sounds like he’s just trying to please 50%. It’s Mayors for the Freedom to Marry not Vice Mayors. Where was she?

  • MGinFL

    Sharon, the Vice Mayor replied to Tim Ross today on FB and said you write from a perspective that is virtually anti-city official and policy regardless of what the issue is, well there is no way he can clearly excuse this article as being anti-city official. I have to agree that he’s definitely on the wrong side of the fence on this. If our local leaders won’t stand for equal rights, who will? Who is standing for the little guy? Is he afraid of upsetting the status quo around Tamarac? What about the other Mayors that signed? Sharon maybe you should interview them and find out why they signed and ask them about it. Perhaps they can convince our Vice Mayor to convince our Mayor to sign.

  • Someone Special

    Unless you are a lobbyist or are bringing some big bucks you aren’t getting anything done. Who do you think you are someone special around here?

  • Seriously dude?

    Harry, you frequently portray yourself as the champion of the downtrodden. You dropped the ball on this one, it’s clearly a civil rights issue. It’s not a numbers game. What percentage of the population do you suppose was ‘offended’ by Jackie Robinson playing Major League Baseball?

  • Harry, with that attitude, I have to say… You really suck dick.

    In a completely non-homosexual way that is…

  • As an openly gay Vice Mayor I would have rather him say “we just don’t want to get involved in this issue”(which is probably closer to the truth), the partisan comment was a cop out of a huge proportion and was totally disrespectful to the residents who asked for it to be voted on. I read what he wrote to Tim Ross and for anything he did in the past for equality he took two steps back with his decision that this issue was partisan. and he also forgot that he works FOR the residents of Tamarac and to make a decision not to bring something up for a vote means he may have lost touch with that fact. I bet they all sign the feel good resolutions that the cities send around(gun control,,climate control etc) that will never go anywhere but to stand up and answer a direct question, nope that is too much to ask..
    Vice Mayor Margate.

    • These are the same religious fucknuts that want us to PRAY before each meeting — as if some mystical sky creature could somehow mystically guide Harry and his band of Ferry, er.., Merry Men.

      Teaser alert: If your neighbor “owned” a business that allowed the systemic rape of innocent children, mostly boys, we’d send his ass packing (pun!). Not the Catholics, they spent decades trying to bury these horrid acts.

      The religious right wants us out of their business (aka taxing the fuck out of them), however when it comes to my business (who I bang, who I marry), they’re all up in my junk.

      Figuratively that is…

      I am not gay. Hell, I’m not even modestly happy. But I have no right telling you, or anyone else, who they can love, can live with, can marry.

      In the end, like most everything else about religion, this is a total power trip.

      Personally, I’d like to see Margate pass a law banning ALL RELIGION. In fact, I’d go as far as saying, the practice of religion is a 1st degree felony offense.

      Now that would be a project I could get behind (another pun!).